The devil is sneaky. He squirms in like a snake and causes you to drift away from the Lord. It’s a subtle move that causes havoc in your life. It could be a thought at a vulnerable time or an enticement when you decide to follow Jesus. Whatever the tactic, it takes you off course.
After he gets you separated from God, he starts messing with your mind. He begins to attack your thinking into making you feel worthless and that what you have done is unforgivable. One of his tactics is condemnation but the truth is, God is love and condemnation never comes from Him.
When you drift away, Jesus doesn't forget about you. He is constantly searching the deep horizons for you, waiting for that one glimpse. That’s all he needs is just a glimpse. At hat very moment, heaven and earth collide as His face lights up! His shout is like thunder, “My son! My daughter!” Excitement fills the air. The ground begins to shake as He starts jumping and running towards you. The mile distant is but a few inches to Him and He runs to you with arms wide open. Rivers of of joy running down His face while yelling, “You’re back!”
That was all He needed. Just a glimpse, just an ounce of hope, an ounce of “I wonder". I wonder if God will forgive me? I wonder if God still loves me? I wonder if God knows me? That’s all He needs to draw you close to Him.
Like the prodigal son who wasted his inheritance, it’s sort of like what we do when we back slide and waste our gifts. The son wasted away everything that was freely given to him by living a promiscuous lifestyle. Throughout that time he forgotten his position and lost his identity. Who knows how long it lasted, all we know is "until that one day." -the moment he remembered who his father is and returned home.
As he was heading back home,his father saw him from a distance and RAN TO HIM. He didn’t think twice about where his son had been, who he had been with or what he did. All he saw was the son that was gone and who was now returning. His love for him never changed. The bible says, Luke 15:20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” Did you get that? There was no condemnation or judgment from his father, only love. This is a reflection of the love Jesus has for you and me.
It goes on to say in Luke 15:21 “his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son” The son repented and his father restored him to his rightful position. Luke 15:22” But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.” Do you see that? His son did not have to start over from the beginning. He picked up right where he left off. The same goes for us when we fail. We don’t have to start all over from the beginning or the same trials that we have overcome, we pick up where we left off.
Luke 15:24 “for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life, He was lost, but now he is found.” Can’t you hear the excitement and joy in the father’s voice? That is the same excitement Jesus has when you come back. The way the father felt for his son is how Jesus feels for you.
Heaven rejoices when one sinner repents and returns to God. Luke 15:32 “We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.” Don’t waste another day waiting or believing the lies. Don’t waste another day thinking you’re not ready. Don’t waste another day in that pit. He doesn't see any stain. He doesn't see any damaged goods. His love is pure and holy. Jesus is waiting! He wants you home! He loves you........JustFood4Thought